Knowing that more help is always needed, Wade Bartley imagined creating an event that would assist abused, handicapped and disadvantaged children who come from the Northeast Texas area. The benefit event he had in mind would enable local individuals and businesses with a heart for helping to have greater reach with donations of money. Today, the Help-a-Child Benefit is observing it’s tenth year in sending assistance to three children’s charities…Southern Christian Home, Scottish Rite Hospital and Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center. Already a successful source of funds for these organizations, the 2017 Help-a-Child Benefit may be the biggest one yet due in part to an increased number of sponsors and one very large donation, a Bobcat 250 Welder, Job Box with Accessory Tools mounted on a 16″ trailer. Tickets to win the complete premium welding rig are available at $20 each or 6 for $100.
The 2017 Help-a-Child is set for Saturday October 21, 2017 in and around the Hopkins County Civic Center arena. Starting at 8am, the Chili and Brisket Cooking Teams will get in place, and the Antique Tractor Pull will begin. At 10am, the county-wide FFA Mechanics Project Show judging will be held. At 11:30am, Chili judging will be held followed by serving of chili and peach cobbler. Chili winners will be announced at 12:15 and an auction will begin at 12:30 noon. During the afternoon, the Brisket Cooks will go into action, with judging at 3pm. Serving of Brisket will start at 4pm while gates open for the Hot Rod Garden Tractor Pull competition that begins at 5pm. Notification of the winner of the welding prize will be announced at 6:30pm.
Bartley, who also serves as Hopkins County Commissioner Precinct 3, says that thanks to generous sponsors and loyal volunteers, the Help-a-Child Benefit will continue to assist the established charities in their work to house and educate school-age victims of neglect and abuse, to treat and cure pediatric orthopedic conditions , and to advocate and serve the best interests of child victims of abuse and violent crime. If you would like to help the fund any time of year, donations may be mailed to Help-a-Child Benefit, 161 CR 3513, Dike, Texas 75487 or by phoning Wade Bartley at 903-348-1878.